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VF Live: Yo-Yo Records #8

“Latin, Brazilian, gospel, jazz, funk and disco.”

In VF Live, our favourite collectors take you inside their homes, record shops and studios for intimate selects and mixes.

Hackney shop Yo-Yo Records takes us through selects drawn straight from the racks, with “Latin, Brazilian, gospel, jazz, funk and disco.”

Watch and listen to the set above, check out the tracklist below.

Tracklist:

1. The Crazy Men (Los Dementes) – Descarga Cuatricentenaria
2. Quarteto Em Cy – Salva O Verde
3. Claudia – Garra
4. Truth & Devotion – I Must See My Lord
5. William Hudson III – Love So Great
6. Spirit Of Love – The Power Of Your Love
7. Freddie Cole – Brother Where Are You?
8. Webster Lewis – El Bobo
9. Bumblebee Unlimited – Lady Bug

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VF Live: Dubplate Pearl #4

Shimmering funk, soul and reggae with the effervescent selector.

In VF Live, our favourite collectors take you inside their homes, record shops and studios for intimate mixes.

London legend Pearl Boatswain aka Dubplate Pearl – one half of DJ duo Camberwell Connection – grew up with sound system culture in the city, immersing herself in blues parties and weekend sessions.

For her latest VF Live set, she dips into her home collection for shimmering selects.

Watch and listen above, check out the tracklist below.

Tracklist:

1. Donald Byrd – Morning
2. Roy Ayres – Turn Me Loose
3. Tammy Payne – Take Me Now
4. Scandal featuring Lee Genesis – Love Either Grows or Goes
5. Tradition – Breezing
6. Carolyn Caitlin – Peaceful Woman/Eve Orchestra – Jumpers in Session (version)
7. Zabandis – Your Love To Me
8. The Traps – Higher
9. Derrick Harriott – Being In Love
10. Coxson Dodd and The Sound Dimension – Real Rock

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Reggae pioneer Toots Hibbert has died, aged 77

Rest in Power, legend.

Frederick “Toots” Hibbert has died, aged 77.

The news was shared in a statement from his family: “It is with the heaviest of hearts to announce that Frederick Nathaniel ‘Toots’ Hibbert passed away peacefully tonight, surrounded by his family at the University Hospital of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica.

“The family and his management team would like to thank the medical teams and professionals for their care and diligence, and ask that you respect their privacy during their time of grief. Mr. Hibbert is survived by his wife of 39 years, Miss D, and his seven of eight children.”

Though the exact cause of death is unknown at the time of writing, Toots was hospitalised in August, before being placed in intensive care and a medically induced coma.

Hibbert founded Toots and the Maytals, originally known as the Maytals, in the early ‘60s.

Over the course of his six decade career, the group become one of the world’s best known, and beloved, reggae and rocksteady groups – thanks to the international success of his LP Funky Kingston.

Active until his recent hospitalisation, Toots and the Maytals released their latest studio album Got To Be Tough on Trojan Jamaica in August 2020.

Watch an archival concert performance from Toots during 1975 below:

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Theo Parrish announces new album, Wuddaji

Turn the lights down low…

Theo Parrish is releasing a new LP called Wuddaji, via his Sound Signature imprint this September.

The awaited album follows the release of 12” single ‘This Is For You’ – featuring vocalist Maurissa Rose – in late 2019.

Parrish also shared a mesmerising video of Rose during a recording session for the tune last year:

The LP features 8-tracks, including ‘This Is For You’ alongside 7 previously unreleased tunes.

As usual, the track names do not disappoint, with ‘Hambone Cappuccino’ a particular favourite.

Head here for more info in advance of Wuddaji’s 22nd September release and check out the tracklist below.

Tracklist:

1. Hambone Cappuccino
2. Radar Detector
3. This Is For You
4. Purple Angry Birds
5. Wuddaji
6. HenryWeed BuckDance
7. All Your Boys Are Biters
8. Knew Better Do Better

Photo: MoMA.

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VF Live: Symphonical Records

Featuring Black soul and funk artists from the ’60s-’80s.

In VF Live, artists take you inside their homes, record shops, and studios for intimate sets and mixes.

For Symphonical Records first instalment, the label unearths little known funk and soul gems by Black artists that were self-released during the sixties through the eighties.

Watch and listen to the set above, find out more about it and check out the tracklist below.

“Predominantly, these are the B-sides to uptempo soul & funk tracks, forming the basis to a genre known as ‘oldies’ – coined by radio personality Art Leboe. These singles are on the rarer side, pressed in small quantities and distributed locally, generally recorded with limited resources – with one or two takes laid down by groups in their teens or early 20s. Their messages are sincere, and have also inspired a recent resurgence of international ‘sweet soul’ groups.

Symphonical Records & Publishing was created to highlight these independent groups and solo artists from the ’60s-’80s. We have recently launched a project called The Key To Our Love, which shares the sounds, stories & imagery of all the artists involved.”

Tracklist:

1. Sambo – I Am Tired Of Going On
2. Dell And The Sensations – Lonesome Night
3. Disciples Of Soul ‎– Peek-A-Boo
4. Elois Scott ‎– Broadway Love
5. Andre & Zero Plus ‎– Sparkle In A Woman’s Eye
6. Brief Encounter – Where Will I Go
7. Bobbi Row And The English Men – Why’d You Put Me On
8. Darius – Hello Stranger
9. Step By Step – She’s Gone
10. Taste Of Love – Cindy
11. Larry Craig and Third Addition ‎– Do It Again
12. Total Unity – I’m Takin’ A Stroll
13. Love, Warmth & Affection ‎– Expression Of Affection

Head here for more information on Symphonical Records’ releases.

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Explore Vilayat Khan’s music in Meeting Rivers’ latest Indian classical mix

“Sun of the Sitar.”

Sitar maestro Vilayat Khan’s work is explored in Meeting Rivers’ latest mix — the final instalment in a six-part series by Kam Bhogal and Sach Dhanjal that focuses on Indian classical music.

Read more: Meeting Rivers mix series delves into Indian classical music

“Meeting Rivers began as a project focused on preserving the wisdom and stories of Indian classical musicians from past and present,” Bhogal and Dhanjal share. “Our curation focuses on quotes, images, and audio excerpts, with a common narrative in the expression of belief and a connection to something higher. We view these as universal sentiments that exist beyond the genre of Indian classical music.”

“In this episode of our artist profile series, we explore the world of Aftab-a-Sitar (Sun of Sitar), Vilayat Khan, an artist whose uncompromising vision for sound culminated in a new approach to instrumental classical music: the gayaki-ang (style of vocalists) via his innumerable innovations of the instrument and style of playing that departed from the conventions of the time.”

“Vilayat Khan describes his idea of success as a lifelong battle, a conclusion undoubtedly influenced by an internal struggle in the search for artistic contentment. He believed that an artist who had reached a place of contentment had become stale. Khan Sahib was an artist who, as The Sixth String of Vilayat Khan author Namita Devidayal notes, ‘had experienced inordinate pain, but also believed that sadness was crucial to music.’ In this manner, he embodied essential paradoxes fuelling his ambition for his artistry.”

“Throughout his life and career, Khan Sahib maintained his childhood passion for vocal music, often singing in concerts — an uncommon occurrence with instrumentalists at the time. He also composed vocal compositions under the nom de plume ‘Nath Piya’, as featured within this episode.”

“Meeting Rivers #06 features Ragas Sindhi Bhairavi, Desh, Sanjh Saravali, Shahana, Gaur Sarang, and others along with timeless cinematic scores from the films ‘The Guru’ (1969) and Satyajit Ray’s ‘Jalsaghar’ (1958) as composed by the great maestro Vilayat Khan.”

“It is mixed and produced by Sach Dhanjal & Kam Bhogal, with audio restoration and mastering by Jazz Bhandal.”

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VF Live: Sarah Evans #11

A disco-fuelled dig.

In VF Live, our favourite collectors take you inside their homes, record shops and studios for intimate selects and mixes.

Presenter and producer Sarah Evans takes a break from her regular locale at Soul Proprietors to play selects from a pal’s set-up.

Watch and listen to the set above, find out more about the show and check out the tracklist below.

“For my latest VF Live set, I wanted to share some of the disco tracks that I’ve had on heavy rotation recently.

Disco is the staple of my collection due to my Dad being a disco DJ in the 1970s. I inherited his collection as a teenager. It would have been over 2000, but my mum sold the majority whilst I was a school one day! I’ve been building it back up ever since.”

Tracklist:

1. Gboyega Adelaja – Ere Aladun
2. Janet Dubois – Queen Of The Highway (Kon Edit)
3. Space Cats – Something New
4. Ze Roberto – Lotus 72D (fast version)
5. Mike Umoh – Shake Your Body
6. African Soul Band – Nande
7. Steel-Band de la Trinidad – Calypso Jazz Improvisation
8. Arsivplak – Volga Nehri

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Explore Zakir Hussain’s music in Meeting Rivers’ latest Indian classical mix

Sounds of the Tabla aficionado and composer.

Zakir Hussain’s oeuvre is explored in Meeting Rivers’ latest mix – the fourth instalment in a six-part series by Kam Bhogal and Sach Dhanjal that focuses on Indian classical music.

Read more: Meeting Rivers mix series delves into Indian classical music

“Meeting Rivers began as a project focused on preserving the wisdom and stories of Indian classical musicians from past and present,” share Bhogal and Dhanjal. “Our curation focuses on quotes, images, and audio excerpts, with a common narrative in the expression of belief and a connection to something higher,” they share. “We view these as universal sentiments that exist beyond the genre of indian classical music.”

“In episode four, we enter the world of rhythm and music with Zakir Hussain, whose unique ability to bridge North Indian classical and western contemporary music has culminated in a remarkable career – on the classical stage and while exploring genres such as jazz and film soundtracks. Zakir Hussain explains his personal relationship with tradition as having encouraged his innovation, on how music forms its own religion, on becoming unique as an artist and how all endeavours tie back to one concept – the spirit, which beckons us all but embraces few.”

Meeting Rivers #04 features rare archival solos and collaborations with Ustad Alla Rakha, Sultan khan, Pharaoh Sanders and Shakti – mixed and produced by Sach Dhanjal & Kam Bhogal, with audio restoration and mastering by Jazz Bhandal.


Banner photo by Dayanita Singh.

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The Secret DJ returns with second book

“Almost no aspect of the last four decades go unmentioned in terms of what we know today as Electronic Dance Music.”

The Secret DJ has penned a new book, appropriately titled The Secret DJ: Book Two, published by Velocity Press.

Read more: From dub to the club: The rave artwork of Junior Tomlin

Following their original book, the second volume is described as “less a sequel and more a panoramic wide-angle painting of the biggest youth movement in human history,” shares Velocity. “Book Two charts the rise of dance music over the last 30 years and its connection to western capitalism and culture.”

“Covering topics as wide as drugs, music production, anthropology, the gentrification of the scene, technology, travel, fame, devaluation, inflation, relationships, technique, festivals, rejection, social media, situationism and hypernormalisation; almost no aspect of the last four decades go unmentioned in terms of what we know today as Electronic Dance Music.”

It follows Velocity Press’ release of Junior Tomlin: Flyer & Cover Art in June.

Pre-order a copy here in advance of The Secret DJ: Book Two’s 4th December release.

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VF Live: Mad Radio with DJ DMoe

A salsa special from Medellín.

In VF Live, our favourite collectors take you inside their homes, record shops and studios for intimate selects and mixes.

Medellín’s Mad Radio hosts sets direct from Colombia, with Discos Suaves, Golden, Julianna Move and DJ DMoe.

DJ DMoe plays “a special delivery of salsa by artists from Peru, Venezuela, Colombia and the United States” for his first VF Live Show.

Watch and listen to the set above, and check out the tracklist below.

Tracklist:
1. Rene Grand Y Su Combo New York – Cool
2. Candido – Coco Seco
3. Los Pirañas – Puerta Del Sol
4. Alfredo Linares Y Su Salsa Star – Tiahuanaco (Puerta Del Sol)
5. Afrosound – Salsa Con Tabaco
6. George Guzman – Cacumen
7. Ray Barretto – Right On
8. Perez Prado – La Mula Blanca
9. Oscar Galende Y Su Orquesta – Merecumsamba
10. Los Megatones De Lucho – A Gozá
11. Michi Sarmiento Y Su Combo Bravo – Che Ché Colé
12. Freddy Fender – Hombre
13. Tabaco Y Sus Metales – Arrollando
14. Los Corraleros – Mondongo
15. Jack Costanzo – Milestones

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